The European Lawyers’ Union (U.A.E.) is pleased to invite you to its XXXV ANNUAL CONGRESS on 1 and 2 July 2022 in the magical city of PORTO, Portugal.

The Annual Congress is the main scientific event of each year, usually hosting a varied faculty of practitioners, academics and researchers, representatives of the E.U. and national institutions and members of the business community, around a theme of topical interest.

This year we will focus on The Regulation of Digital Space – The Digital Services Act (DSA) and the Digital Markets Act (DMA). This is one of the most important topics in the E.U. agenda and will have a great impact on the legal community for years to come.

After the European Parliament and the Council recently reached a provisional agreement on the DMA and DSA, final approval is expected soon. The conference is thus a great opportunity to discuss the impact of the reform, analyze the proposed changes in the digital and media landscapes, but also assess the effects of the new regulation in our society.

Please check the detailed programme below.

The Congress is open to all, U.A.E. members and non-members alike.


July 1

The first session will set the scene with an overview of the Reform of the Digital Space and addressing the main issues of the reform and its main impacts.

The second and third sessions will analyse more in depth the DSA and DMA, respectively, analyzing the impacts on online marketplaces, the risks to platforms and search engines or the obligations to gatekeepers.

Finally, the fourth session will discuss the practical impact of the DSA and DMA on business.

The conference will be in the Sessions Room of the Porto Court of Appeals.

July 2

The U.A.E. Executive Committee will convene at the Porto headquarters of the Portuguese Bar Association.

See the detailed programme here.





A welcome drink is organized on Thursday 30 June at 7pm for participants arriving the day before the Congress.

On Friday 1 July, after the conference the U.A.E. invites you to the gala dinner, which will be held at the magnificent Arab Room of the Palácio da Bolsa of Porto.

On Saturday 2 July a guided tour of the city of Porto will take place in the afternoon, including a visit to Porto Taylor’s wine cellars and a boat trip in the Douro river connecting Porto to Vila Nova de Gaia. The dinner will be at Vinum, the restaurant of Graham’s wine cellars, which offers one of the best views to the city.

Finally, join us on Sunday 3 July to a visit to a wine estate in Alto Douro, a region recognized by Unesco as Cultural World Heritage, which includes a visit to the vineyards, wine tasting and lunch.


Palácio da Bolsa
Rua Ferreira Borges


Venue I
Welcome drink
30 June

O Torreão, Rua das Virtudes, 37, Porto

Venue II
Annual Congress
1 July

Sala de Audiências da Relação do Porto (Porto Appeals Court)
Palácio da Justiça, Campo dos Mártires da Pátria, Porto

Venue III
Gala Dinner
1 July

Palácio da Bolsa, Rua Ferreira Borges, Porto

Venue IV
Executive Committee
2 July

Porto Regional Council of the Portuguese Bar Association, Praça da República, 210, Porto

Venue V
2 July

Almeja, Rua de Fernandes Tomás 819, Porto

Venue VI
Visit and port wine tasting
2 July

Taylor’s Wine Cellars, Vila Nova de Gaia

Venue VII
2 July

Vinum, Caves Graham’s, Rua do Agro 141, Vila Nova de Gaia

From Porto Airport:

From Porto Central Station:

Plan your journey: https://www.oporto.net/


Hotel suggestions

Descobertas Boutique Hotel Porto, 4*
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Rua da Fonte Taurina 14, Porto
T: +351 22 201 1473

Porto Royal Bridges, 4*
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Rua de Sá da Bandeira 53, Porto
T: +351 22 243 6221

Ribeira do Porto Hotel, 3*
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Praça Ribeira 5, Porto
T: +351 222 032 097

Infante de Sagres Hotel, 5*
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Praça D. Filipa de Lencastre 62, Porto
T: +351 22 339 8500

Porto Palácio Hotel, 5*
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Av. da Boavista 1269, Porto
T: +351 22 608 6600

ABC Hotel Porto Boavista, 4*
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Av. da França 168 178, Porto
T: +351 22 608 0000


Organising Committee
Pedro de Gouveia e Melo
Gonçalo Rosas

U.A.E. Congress 2022 Secretariat
Liliana Moreno (+ 351 210 091 730)
Joana Reis (+351 914 196 779)

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